When it comes to running, most athletes have their own ideas about how to get the most out of every training mile. Well, we’ve got one too: try running without impact.
You can do this with the new no-impact Zero Runner from Octane. Available at your nearest HealthStyles location, the Zero Runner is a unique running machine that can help runners meet and exceed their fitness goals by allowing them to increase their training volume, monitor their stride consistency, and engage in active warm ups and recovery.
Find out for yourself just how beneficial the Zero Runner can be for your training regimen by visiting one of your local HealthStyles Exercise Equipment stores and going for a run on the Zero Runner.
Increase Training Volume
If you want to seriously improve your running performance over the long term, exactly how much and how often should you run? According to the 2013 National Runner Survey distributed by Running USA, the average competitive runner runs 35.5 miles a week. But is that enough?
Frankly, there is no hard and fast answer to this question. However, most experts would agree that running more is the surest way to improve as a runner. After all, practice makes perfect. Research, too, suggests, this is the case. For example, Dr. Jason Karp, in his study of male and female qualifiers for the US Olympic Team Trials marathons, found a strong correlation between training volume and performance.
However, one of the problems inherent in running more to improve performance is that, at some point, running more will lead to a breaking point. After that point, more running can cause pain, discomfort, and even injury.
Enter the Zero Runner, the first no-impact running machine ever. With the Zero Runner, you can increase your weekly running frequency and daily running duration without increasing the risk of injury. That’s because the Zero Runner’s innovative hip and knee joints allow you to run with your natural form while the independent pedals eliminate the impact of your feet hitting the ground. No impact means no pain and discomfort on your joints, and that means you can improve your running performance by running farther and more often.
Monitor Stride Consistency
As with all Octane exercise machines, the Zero Runner can wirelessly connect to your iPad through Octane’s SmartLink app (see this blog post for more). With this app, athletes can choose training programs specific to their fitness goals, track their workouts and progress, and even work with a virtual trainer.
Another feature available with this app, and with the Zero Runner, that is sure to get serious runners excited is the ability to monitor your running form. As it stands, most running technology can only track things like steps, distance, and calories burned. Although this information is certainly helpful, it only scratches the surface when it comes to evaluating your running performance.
The Zero Runner’s innovative design allows you to track your gait while you run. Monitor your stride length and height for consistency throughout your workout. Don’t let you running form slip or get lazy towards the end of your run! Get more out of every mile by tracking the health of your gait and ensure that you’re performing just as strong at mile 10 as you did at mile 1.
Active Warm Up & Recovery
Everyone knows how important it is to warm up before working out, both to minimize the risk of injury and to improve performance. However, simply stretching out on the ground won’t cut it. Most experts recommend athletes engage in “active” warm-ups, which increase your heart rate, open up your joints, and actively stretch your muscles.
Similarly, conventional wisdom increasingly favors “active recovery” during the cool-down phase after you’ve completed a hard competition or workout, as well as in the days following. One study published in Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise found that active recovery immediately after the event encourages recovery and reduces muscle lactate levels faster than complete rest.
The Zero Runner from Octane is a great tool to help you undertake both active warm ups and active recovery. After some initial stretching, hop on the Zero Runner and swing your legs back and forth through the full range of motion to more fully open up your hips and joints. Continue by moving through to a more casual jog in order to get your heart rate up and more actively stretch out. Follow the same procedure immediately after a hard workout in order to ease your body through the transition from high intensity to rest. For those serious athletes who struggle to take any days off, the Zero Runner is the ideal machine to use, as you can keep working out without threatening injury from over extension.